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U.S. Citizen Services

The United States government has no higher responsibility than to serve and protect its citizens, including those who live or are traveling abroad. To this end, the American Citizen Services Unit in Costa Rica provides prompt, courteous, and efficient services to United States Citizens and other clients, consistent with U.S. laws and regulations.

American citizens can apply for U.S. passports, document their foreign-born children who qualify as U.S. citizens, notarize documents for execution in the U.S., inquire about social security and other federal benefits, and request help in an emergency.

Whether you are Residing in Costa Rica or here for a week’s vacation, please enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that we may be better able to assist you in an emergency.

On 28 August 2014, the Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule included fees for passports, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes took effect on 12 September 2014, 15 days after publication in the Federal Register. The revised fees cover actual operating expenses for the all overseas consular posts, domestic passport agencies and other centers that provide these consular services to U.S. and foreign citizens.

The adjusted fees are based on a Cost of Service Study completed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in August 2013. The study established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered through collection of fees.

For a complete list of new fees, please visit the Department of State webpage at and

The only fee change affecting American Citizen Services in Costa Rica is:

– Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship: from $450 to $2,350


We are pleased to offer an online appointment system for your convenience. In case of an emergency, please call 2519-2000 Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-4:30PM. If possible please complete and print all forms and applications PRIOR to your appointment.

Please visit our Passport, CRBA, Notary Services, and Federal Benefits pages for details, instructions, and to make or cancel an appointment. 

For more information on our services, please explore the links to your left. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may also send an e-mail inquiry to or call +506-2519-2000 during business hours.

If you are reporting an emergency concerning a U.S. citizen in Costa Rica, please see our emergency contact information.


American Citizens Services (ACS):  Passports, Notarials, Consular Reports of Births (CRBAs) with appointment only.

(Note: the Embassy is closed on U.S. and Costa Rican holidays)


Location: At the intersection of Calle 98 Vía 104 in the Pavas Section of San José, Costa Rica. 

Local Mailing Address: 920-1200 San José, Costa Rica 

U.S. Mailing Address: US Embassy San Jose, DPO AA 34020


For security reasons, Embassy visitors are not permitted to enter with bags or electronic devices such as laptops, cameras, tablet computers, or cell phones.  Please budget time before your appointment for required security checks

What ACS cannot do?

Act as your lawyer, translator, interpreter, personal assistant, travel agent, investigator, law enforcement agent or real estate agent; 

  • Provide you or your family with physical protection; 
  • Arrange release from U.S. military service obligations; 
  • Pay your debts or fines, sort out property disputes; 
  • or interfere in judicial proceedings;
  • Find you employment, residence, or schools; 
  • Search for missing luggage; 
  • Settle disputes with hotel managers and landlords; 
  • Discuss visa cases.


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    For security reasons, visa applicants and American citizens are not allowed to enter the U.S. Consulate or Embassy grounds with bags, food (with the exception of snacks for children under six years old), weapons, or any type of electronic devices (including laptops, iPads, iPods, cameras, memory sticks, CDs, etc.)  Please do not bring supporting information (photos, transcripts, ultrasounds, etc.) on electronic devices.  Please bring only printed information to your appointment. 

    The U.S. Consulate General in Costa Rica does not have a storage facility for such items. We strongly discourage visa applicants and visitors to the American Citizen Services section from bringing these items to the Embassy.

    If you must bring cell phones, you must leave those items with the security guards at the entrance and pick them up upon exiting.  The U.S. government takes no responsibility for devices left at the Embassy.

    Your cooperation is appreciated.

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